Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation in Forbes will receive almost $1.6 million as a part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). The grant is given to eligible organisations and groups to improve the developmental outcomes for Indigenous children in Forbes and surrounding areas. Yoorana Gunya will receive over $468,000 in funding for the next two and a half years, allowing them to provide various services to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous families in Forbes, as well as helping families prepare their children for school. $1.1 million will also be utilised in the Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service offering support to victims of family violence or sexual assault, aiming to reach
towns within the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires.
“The project to be delivered by Yoorana Gunya will make a real difference to local Indigenous children,” Federal Member for Calare John Cobb said. “The additional support for Binaal Billa will ensure they can continue their great work so highly regarded by all the communities it services. “ “I’ve worked with many Indigenous communities
when my electorate was larger and extended into the far west so I understand their needs and this project will be of great value.” Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs aid the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion and 996 organisations will receive funding over 1,350
projects across Australia.
“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.